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Stevie Wonder Charms GRAMMYs Audience With Braille Joke, Important Message: 'We Need to Make Every Single Thing Accessible'

by Meredith B. Kile 10:51 PM PST, February 15, 2016
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Not that there was any question, but at 65 years old, Stevie Wonder's still got it.

The legendary performer joined a cappella group Pentatonix at Monday's GRAMMY Awards to perform a tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire founding member Maurice White, who died on Feb. 4. Wonder took lead vocals on the EWF hit "That's the Way of the World," and the performance was a stunning tribute that moved audience members to tears and earned a standing ovation.

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"Thank you to Stevie Wonder and @PTXofficial for the tribute to our Maurice White @TheGRAMMYs," Earth, Wind & Fire's Twitter account posted after the awards show.

Wonder and Pentatonix remained onstage after their tribute to present the GRAMMY for Song of the Year, though only the blind singer could announce the winner, as the envelope was written in Braille.

"Y'all can't read this, can you?" the singer teased, flashing the card to the audience. "You can't read it, you can't read Braille!"

Photo: CBS

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But before awarding the GRAMMY to Ed Sheeran for his song "Thinking Out Loud," Wonder turned the funny moment into an important message, taking a moment to advocate for accessibility.

"We need to make every single thing accessible to every person with a disability," he announced to a round of applause.

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